Aug 15, 2017

Facebook redesigns the News Feed

Updates to Facebook's News Feed include:

  • Better conversations via an updated comment style that makes it easier to see which comments are direct replies to another person. (The update makes comments look similar to iMessage texts.)
  • Improved readability via aesthetic changes, like an increased color contrast, larger link previews, updated icons that are larger and easier to tap and circular profile pictures to show who's posting or commenting.
  • Easier navigation experience via more prominent buttons, and increased visibility into where a link will take you before clicking on it and whose post you're reading or commenting on.

Why it matters: Facebook hopes these aesthetic changes will help users engage more with the platform, by making it easier to comment and communicate. It could also help consumers identify the news brands producing content on Facebook, which has been a priority for news groups lobbying Facebook for better partnerships.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.